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Shivraj, Scindia join federal cabinet; Madhya Pradesh has five ministers; two tribal MPs become state ministers

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia are the three BJP leaders in the state who have He was sworn in as a cabinet minister in the third National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Another leader who became a cabinet minister was Virendra Kumar, a prominent Dalit in the Bharatiya Janata Party and an eight-term MP.

Apart from the three cabinet ministers, two tribal leaders – Savitri Thakur and Durga Das Yuki – were sworn in as ministers of state, both serving as ministers for the first time.

In the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, Madhya Pradesh remained a bastion for the BJP and emerged as one of the party’s most successful states, winning all 29 constituencies, up from 28 constituencies in 2019.

Chouhan, the state’s longest-serving chief minister, won the traditional Vidisha constituency with a margin of over 8.20 lakh votes and returned to the Lok Sabha.

Mr Chouhan, a prominent Other Backward Class (OBC) face and arguably the highest-ranking BJP leader in Madhya Pradesh, served as chief minister from November 2005 to December 2023 and from 2018 to 2020 Except for the 15-month period when the Congress Party was in power.

Mr. Chouhan, referred to as “Mother His former cabinet colleague Mohan Yadav was replaced as chief minister by his supporters after the party returned to power in last year’s assembly elections.

Although Chouhan was not declared the chief minister when he contested the assembly elections under Modi’s collective leadership, he was praised for his connect with voters and his populist programmes, including the Radley Beena Plan .

While questions were raised about his political future after he was ousted as prime minister, those questions subsided after he left Vidisha.

“Our brother Shivraj-lucky is the candidate from Vidisha. We have both worked together in the organization and we have both been First Ministers. When Shivraj entered Parliament, we worked together as party general secretaries. Now I want to take him with me to Delhi again,” the prime minister said at an election rally in the state.

Mr Chouhan, who has been an RSS worker and student leader since the 1970s, began his political career in 1990 when he contested from his native Budhni assembly constituency. Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency) was elected as MLA.

The next year, in 1991, he became the Vidisha MP after the seat was vacated by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and continued to represent the seat until his resignation in 2005 , he was elected as the leader of the state government of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Mr. Scindia also remains a member of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet. This time, as a BJP candidate, he regained his family bastion of the Guna Lok Sabha seat, a seat he had lost while serving as a Congress MP in 2019, with over 5.40 lakh votes.

Mr Scindia led a rebellion of 22 Congress MPs in March 2020 and joined the BJP to oust the then 15-month-old state government led by Kamal Nath .

He is currently a member of India’s Rajya Sabha and served as civil aviation minister in Modi’s previous government.

Mr Scindia had previously won four consecutive elections from Guna, starting with a by-election in 2002 following the death of his father, former Union minister Madhavrao Scindia. Now that he has returned to the House of Commons, he may give up his membership in the House of Federation.

Mr Kumar also retained his post in the central cabinet.

Mr Kumar won his fourth consecutive Tikamgarh (scheduled caste) Lok Sabha seat since its inception in 2009, having previously represented the Sagar constituency for four terms.

In Mr Modi’s second term, Mr Kumar serves as Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment from 2021.

Mr Uikey, a BJP MP from Betul (ST) Lok Sabha, and Ms Thakur, who represents Dhar (ST) seat, have also joined the central government as ministers of state.

Ms Thakur first won from Dal in 2014 but did not feature in 2019.

Mr Uikey defeated Betul for the second consecutive time by more than 375,000 votes.

The induction of two tribal faces reflects the party’s continued outreach to the community and the support the BJP gets from them in the state.

While both Mr Scindia and Mr Kumar were part of the previous government, the three new faces replace former Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Prahlad Singh Patel and tribal leader Fagan Singh Kurast.

The three leaders were selected as candidates by the party in last year’s parliamentary elections. Mr. Tomar is currently the Speaker of the State Assembly, while Mr. Patel serves as the State Cabinet Minister.

Although Mr. Kurast lost the parliamentary elections from the Niwas segment of Mandela Lok Sabha, he was once again contested by the party in the parliamentary elections.

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